Thoughts on life…without Running.

So, I haven’t run in over a week.

And if I’m going to be completely honest, I missed it one or two days.  But not in the ways you might expect.

I felt an urge to get outside and be active.  To just run around, or do something physical.  My body was leaping for it.  But cardio itself was enough to quench my thirst.  I wasn’t left craving something more after my elliptical interval sessions.  I was, however, left a sweaty mess.

Yoga has been pretty awesome this week, too! I was so excited I got to go four times this week again.  And it’s funny to see the changes in my body after just a week without running.  I feel longer, leaner, and stronger.  Running would deplete me entirely.  I’d end up tired, starving, and very sore despite rolling it out on the foam roller.  With yoga, I feel strong.  Grateful.  Amazed.  And strong.  My arms have never looked this good!

I think the biggest thing has been this week when I mentioned to my best friend and fellow yogini about how I wasn’t running for the holidays.  Her response: “I’m glad.”

And so am I.

I feel stronger, more clearer-headed, and more full since I stopped running.  Yoga and light gym cardio is really all I need to sustain a healthy body.  Which makes me so happy, because I know this is the weight I was meant to be at.  I still have problems with counting calories, but it’s only because I don’t want to revert back to bad habits of eating too little.  But now I have a better sense as to what I want to eat that feels right, whole, and  natural.

You don’t have to be a vegan/vegetarian to be a food blogger.
You don’t have to be a runner to be a fitness blogger.

You just have to love food and fitness to be a food and fitness blogger.

I was so positive that all I needed to be a successful blogger was a running recap tab, thoughts on vegan food (which I still love, don’t get me wrong) and crazy running schedules.  I don’t need any of that.

That’s their life.  This is mine.

Stay tuned later this week for my thoughts on how to survive grad school (and the holidays) without gaining a pound, vegan/dairy free Christmas delights, spending the  I FINALLY make Mama Pea’s Dough Balls!

ally

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